Dan “Hold her down, she’s a fighter” Schneider was born on January 14, 1966, and later went on to become a succesful writer/producer for many Nickelodeon shows, bringing him into contact with many underaged girls in the process.
Schneider is sometimes credited as Dirty Dan, Daniel J. Schneider, or Daniel James Schneider. He went to Memphis University School (MUS) for some of amount of years but graduated from White Station High School in 1982 and was the president of his senior class. His wife, Lisa Lillien, is the author of the "Hungry Girl" cookbooks. Lillien's name was also used as a girl seeking advice from Ashley in an Ask Ashley sketch on All That in the January 31, 1998 episode. The girl that appears in the beginning of the iCarly theme song is the cartoon of Lillien on the cover of her books.
His first Nickelodeon production was the sketch comedy series All That. One of its sketches, "Good Burger", led to the 1997 film of the same name. In both forms, he played Ed (and Dexter)'s boss, Mr. Bailey. That series led to spinoffs that he created, Kenan & Kel, starring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, The Amanda Show, which he left All That for after its fourth season, starring Amanda Bynes, and Zoey 101, starring Jamie Lynn Spears. He later cast The Amanda Show performers Drake Bell, Josh Peck, and Nancy Sullivan for the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh. It was after the completion of this show that Miranda Cosgrove, who played Megan Parker, the little sister, and Jerry Trainor, who played recurring character Crazy Steve, were cast for iCarly. After the completion of Zoey 101, he cast Victoria Justice for another show, Victorious. It has become apparent that he prefers casting actors already familiar with Nickelodeon audiences, even if the character the actor was previously seen portraying appeared for only one episode.
He was asked to revive All That in 2001, and ran the second era's four seasons. If All That was not canceled and had come back for an eleventh season, he would have not returned.
In addition to playing the owner of Good Burger, he was identified as an audience member who was on the show Head of the Class in the October 5, 1996 episode with musical guest IV Xample. He is the voice who introduces the Ask Ashley sketch, and during the second run, he played the lady in Shane Lyons's mouth. He also played the limo driver for Lola Martinez and Vince Blake in the Zoey 101 finale Chasing Zoey. He played Mr. Oldman in sketches on The Amanda Show.
Schneider indeed did star on Head of the Class, and co-starred with future All That co-producer Brian Robbins as well as Dan Frischman, who Schneider would later cast as Chris Potter on Kenan & Kel. He was a regular customer of Jonathan Goldstein, who would be cast as Walter Nichols on Drake & Josh back when the latter was a waiter inbetween acting gigs.
|Original Era cast||Angelique Bates • Amanda Bynes • Nick Cannon • Lori Beth Denberg • Leon Frierson • Gabriel Iglesias • Katrina Johnson • Christy Knowings • Kel Mitchell • Alisa Reyes • Mark Saul • Josh Server • Danny Tamberelli • Kenan Thompson • Tricia Dickson • Victor-Cohn Lopez • Zach McLemore|
|Relaunch Era cast||Chelsea Brummet • Ryan Coleman • Jack DeSena • Lisa Foiles • Bryan Hearne • Christina Kirkman • Shane Lyons • Giovonnie Samuels • Jamie Lynn Spears • Kyle Sullivan • Kianna Underwood • Denzel Whitaker|
|Notable sketches||Ask Ashley • Bridget's Slumber Party • Good Burger • Know Your Stars • Loud Librarian • Superdude • Vital Information|
|Spin-offs||Action League Now • Amanda Show • Just Jordan • Kenan and Kel • The Nick Cannon Show • Zoey 101|
|Other||Timeline • Cast members • Characters • Episodes • Musical guests • Good Burger|
|The Amanda Show|
|Main cast||Amanda Bynes • Drake Bell • Nancy Sullivan • Raquel Lee • Johnny Kassir • Josh Peck|
|Sketches and characters||Amanda's Jacuzzi • Blockblister • Commercials • Courtney • Crime Fighting Cheerleaders • Cynthia Worthington • Dooper • Hillbilly Moment • Judge Trudy • Marcy Stimple • Melody & Thad • Mr. Gullible • Mr. Oldman • Moody's Point • Penelope Taynt • Stop-motion Amanda • The Dare Show • The Girls' Room • The Extremes • The Klutzes • Tony Pajamas • Totally Kyle • When... Attack|
|Related series||All That • Drake and Josh • iCarly|
|Other||Episodes • Taran Killam • Danny Bonaduce • E.E. Bell • Dan Schneider|
|Drake & Josh|
|Episodes||Episodes | Go Hollywood | Really Big Shrimp | Merry Christmas|
|Related media||Soundtrack | Video game | Talent Showdown|
|Characters||Zoey Brooks | Quinn Pensky | Chase Matthews | Lola Martinez | Michael Barrett | Logan Reese | Other characters|
|Media:||Episodes | Spring Break-Up | The Curse of PCA | Goodbye Zoey? | Chasing Zoey | Video releases|
|Media||Episodes • Season 1 • Season 2 • Season 3 • DVDs • iCarly Saves TV • iGo to Japan • iDate A Bad Boy • iFight Shelby Marx • iStart a Fan War • iPsycho • iParty with Victorious|
|Characters||Carly Shay • Freddie Benson • Sam Puckett • Spencer Shay • Main characters|
|Cast||Miranda Cosgrove • Jerry Trainor • Jennette McCurdy • Nathan Kress|